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WOODY’s WWII MILITARY SERVICE AND USO TOURS DURING VIETNAM

 

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Lt. Commander Wayne Woodrow Hayes of the United States Navy in 1944

 

Yes, Woody is known for his coaching, but many do not know of his military service during World War II. Woody enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1941, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  He asked for active duty and served his country for five years.  Woody could have stayed at Naval Station Great Lakes outside Chicago for the whole war, but he volunteered for sea duty.

02“People talk about how devoted Woody is to football,” Mrs. Hayes once observed. “He was just as dedicated to the Navy. Why, we had been married only five days when he asked for sea duty. He didn’t get it at once, but he did request it. Stevie was nearly nine months old before Woody saw him for the first time.”

 

 

In 1946, he was honorably discharged as a lieutenant commander, having commanded the PC 1251 in the Palau Island invasion and having served on the destroyer escort Rinehart in both the Atlantic and Pacific operations.

Throughout his coaching career, military icons, in fact, played a large part in the manner in which his teams operated, down to running plays being named “Patton” for General George Patton. Former Ohio State All-American fullback Pete Johnson remarked, “Patton #1 through #6—those were all my plays.”

03Woody commanded USS Ukiah (PCC-1251) a  Control Submarine Chaser and saw combat in the Palau Island invasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

04Woody also commanded the destroyer-escort USS Rinehart in both Atlantic and Pacific operations, with a crew of 15 officers and 201 enlisted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05Woody Hayes (on right facing camera) taking command of the USS Rinehart from Captain Engle during World War II, ca. 1943. Hayes enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1941, and obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander during World War II. He commanded PC 1251 in the Palau Islands invasion and the destroyer-escort USS Rinehart in both the Atlantic and Pacific operations. Born Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes in Clifton, Ohio, in 1913.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woody Hayes with a group of fellow officers on board the USS Rinehart during World War II, ca. 1943. Hayes enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1941, and obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander during World War II. He commanded PC 1251 in the Palau Islands invasion and the destroyer-escort USS Rinehart in both the Atlantic and Pacific operations.

 

 

07Woody Hayes playfully trying to move an anchor on the deck of the USS Rinehart, a ship he commanded during his service with the United States Navy in World War II, ca. 1943.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great video of Woody from a BBC Documentary and you can see his military background was an influence on his coaching and life.

 

WOODY VISITED THE TROOPS IN VIETNAM 4 TIMES!

 

During the Vietnam War, he made four trips overseas to visit with and entertain deployed servicemen and women.

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 Hayes is pictured with Col. David E. Ott, an expert on field artillery tactics in Vietnam.

Hayes in Vietnam, 1967

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 Hayes made four separate trips to Vietnam during the war to support and entertain the U.S. troops.

Hayes in Vietnam, 1967

Two of Many Stories of Woody Taking to Time With US Service Members in Vietnam

I worked at Na Trang for three weeks on pouring concrete and special construction projects. I then received my final orders to be stationed at Phu Loi to work in my MOS 67N20 – advanced helicopter crew chief/mechanic. The Phu Loi base camp is approximately 30 miles north of the capital Saigon. We worked 7 days a week 12 hour shifts. For a few months I worked the 12 hour night shift, then I would be switched to the day 12 hour shift. We were permitted to attend church on Sunday mornings for one hour. I never missed church and always went with a friend from my company. While in Vietnam I saw Billy Graham, Bob Hope at a special secured USO assembly area about 10 miles from Phu Loi. Also, four times we had USO shows at our base camp. One late night, coach Woody Hayes visited our base camp when I was working the 12 hour night shift. I was working with my crew on the top of a UH1D Huey helicopter when I saw a person dressed as an officer, but with no rank identification. Woody said hello and ask if he could talk to me. I said sure I will come down to talk. Woody said please stay up there, that will be just fine. Woody ask me if I knew who he was and I said no. Woody introduced himself as the OSU football coach from Columbus. Woody ask me my name, where I lived and wanted to know if it would be OK that he contact my family. He wanted to let my family know that I was OK and that we talked briefly. I gave Woody the information he needed including the phone number and name of our Mother. He promised he would contact Mother as soon as he returned to Columbus, and he did. Mother wrote me and told me she talked with coach Woody Hayes.

US Army Specialist/4 LES W. CONKEY

 

“Along with your fellow Ohioans, I am truly grateful for your efforts as a soldier and a Buckeye.”  Mike Demko kept his word.  During the recent Christmas holiday, he was visiting family in Maryland. He and his daughter, a Marine captain on leave from duty in Iraq, arranged a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  They took more than 1,000 cookies as well as an Ohio State flag to hang in one of the recovery wards.  He thought he’d let Gordan Gee (then President of OSU) know he’d planted the flag for OSU at Walter Reed.  But he thought Gee ought to know about the legacy he carried as well.  He told of the time he spent in Vietnam in the late 1960s, when Woody Hayes visited his unit as part of a USO tour. “The visit to Walter Reed was my way of paying Woody back for being there 40 years ago,” he wrote.  

USMC, MIKE DEMKO

 

 

 

Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes

 

A legendary college football coach, Woody served as the head coach at his Alma Mater, Denison University for three seasons (1946–1948), and at Miami (Ohio) University (1949–1950), before joining The Ohio State University in 1951 where, for 28 seasons, he led the Buckeyes to three national championships, 13 Big Ten Conference titles, 8 Rose Bowl appearances, and a record 205 wins, 61 losses and 10 ties. Over his full coaching career, Woody amassed a record 238 wins, 72 losses and 10 ties.

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NOTE:  Information about and specific comments made by Woody Hayes and others were drawn from the following sources: Woody Hayes: The Man & His Dynasty, edited by Mike Bynum; I Remember Woody: Recollections of The Man They Called Coach Hayes, by Steve Greenberg and Dale Ratermann; and Woody Hayes and the 100-Yard War by Jerry Brondfield; and The Ohio State University Library.

 

Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse is popular in the USA, most notably by The Ohio State University Marching Band during its signature Script Ohio formation and at West Point graduations.  It is also often used for marches of the Belgian military schools in Brussels (KMS) and Sint-Truiden (KSOO) because of the historic link of this song with Belgium.


Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse (lit. “Sambre-et-Meuse regiment”) is a song and military march by Robert Planquette and Paul Cezano.  The original poem was written in 1870 by Paul Cezano, in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War and the first days of the French Third Republic. The next year, music was composed by Robert Planquette. In 1879, it was arranged as a military march by Joseph François Rauski.  Sambre-et-Meuse was the name of an département of the First French Empire in present Belgium. It was named after the rivers Sambre and Meuse. Its capital was Namur.

 

Le Règiment de Sambre et Meuse

(The Regiment of Sambre and Meuse)

 

All these proud children of Gaule

Went without truce and rest,

With their rifles on the shoulder.

Courage in the heart and back bag,

Glory was their food.

They were without bread, without shoes

There, they slept on the hard one

With their bags like pillows.

Chorus:

The regiment of Sambre and Meuse

Always went to the cry of “Freedom”,

Seeking the glorious road

Who led to immortality.

To beat us, they were a hundred and thousand;

At their head, they had kings.

The General, weak old man,

Weakens for the first time.

Indicator certain the defeat,

It brings together all its soldiers.

Then it made beat the retirement

But they did not listen to it.

Repeat Chorus

The shock was similar to the lightning.

It was a combat of giant.

Drunk of glory, drunk of powder,

To die they tightened the rows.

The regiment by the grapeshot

Was attacked of everywhere.

However alive wall,

Impassive, remained upright.

Repeat Chorus

The number was right of courage.

A soldier remained, the last.

It was defended with rage,

But soon prisoner was made.

By seeing this savage hero,

The enemy cried over his fate.

The hero took a cartridge,

The Jura, then gave itself death.

Chorus:

The regiment of Sambre and Meuse,

Receipt death with the cry of “Freedom”,

But its glorious history

He give right to immortality.

Translated from the original French lyrics.

 

Non-Band Members have Dotted the “i”

Several prominent individuals and couples have been honored by being allowed to dot the “i”. This is considered the greatest honor the band can give to any non-band person, and is an extremely special (and rare) event.  Script Ohio is scribed by 225 band members, but only one person can claim the honor of dotting the “i” in Ohio.  Now, it should be noted, the fourth or fifth year Sousaphone player selected to dot the “i” for that specific game must give up their spot in order for an honorary member to dot the “i”.

Honorary “i”-dotters with the OSU Marching Band:

OSU President (1956-72) Novice Fawcett and his wife, 1971 (which game unknown , if you know, email me)

Comedian Bob Hope, 21 Oct 1978, Ohio State vs Iowa, Won 31-7 (Bob grew up in Cleveland, Ohio)

Coach Woody Hayes,  29 Oct 1983, Ohio State vs Wisconsin, Won 45-27

Retired OSU Ticket Director Robert Ries, 14 Sep 1985, Ohio State vs Pittsburg, Won 10-7

World Heavyweight Champion James “Buster” Douglas, 29 Sep 1990, Loss Ohio State vs USC 26-35 (born and raised in Columbus, earlier in 1990, he knocked out Mike Tyson in Toyko, Japan)

OSU President Gordon Gee, his wife Constance, 16 Sep 1995, OSU vs Washington, Won 30-20

NOTE: Dotted the “i” with the OSU Alumni Band during quadruple Script Ohio

 

All thirteen seniors of the 2002-2003 National Championship Football team

NOTE: Dotted the “i” at the National Championship celebration on 19 Jan 2002 in Ohio Stadium

Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 28 Oct 2006, OSU vs Minnesota, Won 44-0 (widely considered the greatest golfer, Jack was born and raised in Columbus and is an OSU Alumni)

Senator John Glenn and his wife Annie, 5 Sep 2009, OSU vs Navy, Won 31-27 (retired USMC Colonel and astronaut who became the first American to orbit the Earth, born and raised in Ohio)

CEO of The Limited Brands Leslie Wexner, 3 Sep 2011, OSU vs Akron, Won 42-0 (born in Dayton, Ohio and OSU Alumni)

OSU Band Director (1973-2011) , Dr. Jon Woods, 19 Nov 2011, OSU vs Penn State, Loss 14-20

Ann Droste, wife of retired director and former OSUMB member Dr. Paul Droste OSU Retired band director (1970-83), year maybe 1982 (which game unknown, if you know, email me)

NOTE:  Some accounts say OSU Retired band directors (1970-83) Dr. Paul Droste and Jack Evans, their wives 1982 (anyone with definitive information, please share)

Composer for OSU Marching Band Richard “Dick” Heine (date unknown).  Mr. Heine arranged most of the Ohio State school songs (Buckeye Battle Cry, Fight The Team Across The Field, I Want To Go Back To Ohio State, Chimes & Carmen Ohio, Beautiful Ohio, Le Regiment, and others) and those arrangements are still in use by the band today.  Four decades with the OSU Marching Band, he started as a talented clarinetist.  But it is his association with the OSU Marching Band, culminating in the 1978 album “Hats Off To Heine”


Notable moments of Script Ohio

• 15 Oct 1932: The Michigan band forms the first known script “Ohio” during the Wolverines’ game at Ohio Stadium — a stationary “block” formation.

• 24 Oct 1936: Under the direction of Eugene Weigel, the Ohio State University marching band first performs Script Ohio at halftime of the Ohio State versus University of Indiana football game.  John Brungart, a trumpet player, dots the “i.”

• 23 Oct 1937: Script features a sousaphone “i” dotter for the first time — a tradition that remains.

• 24 Sep 1966: The first double Script is performed.

• 11 Sep 1971: The first triple Script is performed.

• 10 Sep 1977: The first quadruple Script is performed.

• 8 Sep 1979: Six years after women were admitted to the band, Jan Duga becomes the first woman to dot the “i.”

• 29 Oct 1983: Former OSU football coach Woody Hayes dots the “i.”

• 20 Sep 1986: Brungart, 70, returns to dot the “i” for Script’s 50th anniversary.

• 3 Sep 2011: The band performs its largest Script — a quad Script featuring 768 marchers (three-fourths of whom are band alumni).

• 29 Oct 2011: At halftime of the OSU game against Wisconsin, four members of the 1936 band — plus Weigel’s daughter — were honored as part of Script Ohio’s 75th Anniversary.

 

The greatest tradition of Ohio State University is script Ohio, usually performed by the marching band during the football pre-game.  Script Ohio was selected as the #1 College Football Tradition.

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Script Ohio was first performed by The Ohio State Marching Band on October 24, 1936 at the Ohio State versus University of Indiana football game (see photo of the actual formation). The Script Ohio is the most identifiable trademark associated with Ohio State Football and The Ohio State University Marching Band.  It was devised by band director Eugene J. Weigel, who based the looped “Ohio” script design on the marquee sign of the Loew’s Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus.

At its first performance, the Script Ohio’s “i” was dotted by a trumpet player, with no special attention or honor being given to the movement. When the trumpet player, John Brungart (1933-36), dotted the first Script Ohio “i” October 24, 1936, the march from the top of the “o” to the top of the “i” was just another movement to complete a formation.  During a field rehearsal in the fall of 1937, Weigel had a spur-of-the-moment idea, and shouted to Glen R. Johnson, a sousaphone player, “Hey, you! Switch places with the trumpet player in the dot.” After several run-throughs with the exchanged positions, the script was ready to be performed.  At the game on October 23, 1937, the marching band, led by drum major Wesley Leas, performed with Script Ohio with Johnson dotting the “i”.  Johnson was in the band from 1937-40, and during all of those years he dotted the “i”.  From that time forward, the i-dot became the province of the big horns.

The script is an integrated series of evolutions and formations. The band first forms a triple Block O formation, then slowly unwinds to form the famous letters while playing Robert Planquette’s Le régiment de Sambre et Meuse.  The drum major leads the outside O into a peel-off movement around the curves of the script, every musician in continual motion. Slowly the three blocks unfold into a long singular line which loops around, creating the OSUMB’s trademark “Ohio”.

The familiar kick, turn, and bow by the sousaphone player at the top of the “i” was an innovation introduced by Johnson at a game in 1938. “(The turn) was an impulse reaction when drum major Myron McKelvey arrived three or four measures too soon at the top of the “i”,” Johnson explained, “so I did a big kick, a turn, and a deep bow to use up the music before Buckeye Battle Cry.  The crowd roared when this happened, and it became part of the show thereafter.”

Today, toward the end of the formation, drum major and the “i”-dotter high-five each other.  Then with 16 measures to go in the song, they strut to the top of the “i”.  When they arrive, the drum major points to the spot, and the “i”-dotter turns and bows deeply to both sides of the stadium.

Each time the formation drill is performed, a different fourth or fifth-year sousaphone player has the privilege of standing as the dot in the “i” of “Ohio.”  The first sousaphone player to have the honor of dotting the “i” was a fourth year student from Delaware, OH, William Coulter.  The dotting of the “i” was ranked the greatest college football tradition by Athlon Sports.  Since then, a sousaphone player has dotted the “i” over 800 times.


I attended Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  The student graduation speakers were selected by a panel of judges after try-outs (any student could participate).  My recollection was there were approximately 20 students who made an audition from my Senior Class of 316 students.

 

In the end, there were three students selected to deliver speeches at graduation:

Edgar LaBenne, Michele Anderson and John Nussbaum.

Here is my speech I wrote and delivered at my high school graduation on the evening of 3 June 1983:  

 

Graduates, Family, Friends and Faculty.  Tonight marks the end of a phase of time in our lives that will be in our memory forever.  But tonight is not just an end, but a beginning.  Soon we are to be in sole charge of our destiny.  These really awesome responsibilities come early in our life and our preparation is rushed.

In an age of high technology, people can now expect ongoing changes in details and structure of information.  The mark of an educated person will no longer be how much he knows or the diplomas on his wall, rather it will be his ability to continue to learn the new material quickly and thoroughly.

Our education at Mount Vernon will serve as a good foundation for our life’s ambitions.  But we must not stop here.  We must, build upon our foundation and  reinforce our skills and talents.

On our trail in life we need to set goals, have enthusiasm, and confidence.

Goals are essential in life yet many fail to see their importance.  Establishing  goals can be easy. it involves analyzing three things:  objectives, alternatives and results.  Goals must be definite and specific, never vague.  Know what you want and keep it constantly in your mind.  It is extremely important for goals to be realistic too.  Goals can be achieved only if they lie within your potential. Know your capabilities but don’t underestimate them.  You also need to be able to overcome setbacks which can develop at anytime.  Adapt and learn from your mistakes.  When you’re working goals you need persistence, hard work and enthusiasm.

YES ENTHUSIASM!  Many people feel they can’t produce enthusiasm.  If so, they need to use the “as if” principle. This is done by acting as if you are bursting with enthusiasm.  After a period of time this attitude will become imbedded in your mind and it will no longer be necessary to act.  Enthusiasm can make the difference between success and failure.  Charles Schwab said, “One can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.“  Enthusiasm is contagious like the measles and mumps- but it’s good for you.  Enthusiasm can produce faith and faith stimulates action!  The lack of self-confidence seems to be one of the greatest problems affecting people today.  Everywhere we go we encounter people who are afraid, who suffer from insecurity and are unsure of their own powers.

If you want to obtain the feeling of confidence the thoughts that are in your mind are important.  Think defeat and you are bound to feel defeated.  But if your thoughts are positive and consistent, your ability to overcome difficulties are within you.

Ralph Emerson once stated “They conquer who believe they can.”, and he added “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”

The recipe for a successful life lies in establishing realistic goals and maintaining a constant flow of enthusiasm, but the most important ingredient of all is to believe in yourself and your God.

Many of us have been admitted into college or planning to be employed, these opportunities are not given to us only because of what we have done, but for what we are expected to do!

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